BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY

Welcome to the BH&PS web site. 
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BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY. 


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Come visit us!! 
Our building is so cool!  
It's a 1828 jail where not only the prisoners were jailed
but also where the jailer and his wife and children lived. 
There are two very dark old cells on the second floor
and even a VIP jail cell with a fireplace and a window.  
The rear 1858 jail block of 10 austere cells with bars as doors is still intact.  
Come see for yoursel
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Open Hours:
1:00 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
1:00 to 4 p.m. Summer Saturdays (June to October)
and always by special appointment.


Call ahead for special tours of our collections or for access to our research library.  Books on Bristol history, historic maps, prints and other items are available for sale in our Museum Corner Gift Shop during open hours.

Society members will receive direct mailings of upcoming events 
and this site will provide updates as they occur.  To become a
 member, stop by the Society during open hours or click on 
the membership page to your left.


SAVE THE DATE!
BH&PS HOUSE TOUR 2019
Saturday, September 21st

Would you like to help us with our House Tour?  
We need volunteers for planning and
more for the day of the tour.  

The next House Tour 2019 Meeting is on
Tuesday, March 12th at 7 p.m.

Society Headquarters, 48 Court Street, Bristol.  
Come join us


   
  If you cannot make this meeting but would like to volunteer, please email us at  HouseTour2019@bhps.necoxmail.com or call 401-253-7223.



UPCOMING EVENTS

The PLAY WITH THE PAST event scheduled for
Monday, February 18th,
is cancelled due to the weather.  Sorry!!

A KIDS 
"
PLAY WITH THE PAST PROGRAM"
"THE BURNING OF BRISTOL" 
MONDAY, February 18th

10 am to 2 pm
with special events at 11 am and 1 pm 
(see below)
Society Headquarters 48 Court Street


KIDS  MEMBERS ARE FREE!
WEAR COLONIAL ATTIRE AND YOUR ENTRANCE IS FREE!

Otherwise, $5 each (maximum $20 per family)


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EXPLORE HISTORY

On May 5, 1778, British troops burned much of downtown Bristol.  Find out why this happened and join Mr. Rei Battcher as he opens his AMAZING BOX OF HISTORY.

Historic games, puzzles, coloring and crafts.
KIDS will make their own (pretend!) fire torch.

11 a.m. Join the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment as they lead a march around the Town Common (weather permitting) AND watch as they unpack their bags to show what the soldiers carried with them to war.

1 p.m.  Join Mr. Battcher and his assistants on a walk to see the sites which were burned by the British.




 


Sunday, FEBRUARY 24, 2019
2 to 4 p.m. at the Bristol State House, 240 High Street
The Gravestone Girls are Coming!

WELCOME TO THE GRAVEYARD!

This 90-minute presentation has been specifically created for Bristol and is built upon photographs recently taken in burying places all around Bristol.  

It charts the Town's nearly 400 years of cemetery and gravestone evolution. This unique Bristol program is being sponsored by the Bristol Historical & Preservation Society together with Juniper Hill Cemetery and the Bartlett Tree Experts, 

No reservation is required and the public is welcome.  The cost at the door is $5 to BH&PS members and $10 for others.

The Gravestone Girls whose mission is to "Keep Our Dead Alive" 







Thursday, MA
RCH 14, 2019
7 p.m. at Rogers Free Library
NOR'WEST JOHN
Lecture by DeWolf Fulton
Co-Sponsored with The Roswell S. Bosworth, Jr Lecture Series of the Bristol Men's Club








 

GENEALOGY CLUB MEETINGS

Next Regular Meeting: March 2, 2019, at 9 a.m.

Society Headquarters
  

Bring your research and share your story about how you are "stuck" on a particular ancestor and let the Genie Club offer suggestions.


The Club meets regularly on the 1st Saturday of the month except for July and August. If the Saturday falls on a holiday weekend, the group will meet the following Saturday.
Open To All - Just Walk In and Join the Group
or 
send an email to:  info@bhps.necoxmail.com 
and request to be added to the Genealogy Club Mailing List for notices about upcoming meetings, general genealogical events throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and other information shared between members.


                   Individual Review of Research Problems

We have a very lively group and we devote a portion of each meeting to our "brick wall roundtable" to help members with their individual research problems.  The idea is for members to present their latest "brick wall" so others can help decide what to do next.  The purpose of this short session is not to review an entire family history nor is it to actually solve the entire brick wall but is instead to give ideas on HOW to solve it.

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As of December 2015, Fire, Burglar and Security systems at the BHPS are fully installed due to the receipt of a generous $15,000 matching grant from The 1772 Foundation.  The BHPS has motion alarms and security cameras throughout the building, has a secured entry alarm system and a fire alarm system that is directly linked to the Town of Bristol Fire Department.  As part of its 2015 Matching Grants for Historic Preservation made available to organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island, The 1772 Foundation Grant has enabled the Society to protect its unique research library, its extensive paper document room, the significant portrait collection, and all of the other artifacts throughout the building.


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